Pakistan news January 7, 2013

Warm welcome for Pakistan team

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Pakistan returned home to a rousing welcome after winning the ODI series against archrivals India and drawing the Twenty20 series 1-1. Large throngs of people waited outside the Lahore International Airport to greet the team on their success in the historic tour.

Pakistan, after dominant performances throughout the series, came close to taking the ODI series 3-0 in Delhi. But India fought back and avoided what would have been their first whitewash since 1983-84. Pakistan, however, flourished throughout the series and were, distinctly, the better side.

"The significant part of the series was the young lot stood up to take the team's veins," Misbah said. "Throughout the series, the young and new players contributed in the victories.

"I will give credit to the whole team but there were few youngsters like [Mohammad] Irfan, Junaid [Khan] and Nasir Jamshed - who have really impressed. They have proved themselves against world's best batting line-up and have outclassed them. They have a bright future and if they continue to perform like this, they will go way forward."

Nasir Jamshed, 23, led the batting with consecutive centuries in Chennai and Kolkata and ended up as the leading run-getter in the series with 241 runs. His Man-of-the-Series-winning performance helped him climb 45 places in the ODI rankings to a career-best 31st.

"It was the great tour for me not because I have scored runs but the centuries I scored helped my team to win the matches," Jamshed said. "Riding on my current form I would like to continue the runs feast in the upcoming South Africa tour."

Mohammad Hafeez, the T20 captain, too had a magnificent series. He became the number one allrounder in ODIs following success with both bat and ball in the series.

"It was series we have been waiting desperately," Hafeez said. "The team played with full focus and proved how good we are. It's the victory of the whole nation and the highlight of the series were the trio - Irfan, Junaid and Nasir."

As the team, along with the PCB chairman, Zaka Ashraf, emerged at the arrival gates, the chants of Pakistan Zindabad (Long live Pakistan) and the beats of traditional drums resonated in the chilly winter evening. In a brief ceremony at the gates, Ashraf garlanded both the captains - Misbah-ul-Haq and Mohammad Hafez - and said that it was a special win beating India in India.

"It's a unique honor for us that we defeated India in their own country," Ashraf said. "Our team is very disciplined and organised, the way our captains have performed, I think they deserve congratulations from everyone in the country. The way they have fought in India, they deserve appreciation."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • ak_dragon on January 7, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    Now this is what we called Significant development in Pakistan Cricket, Big Thanks to Mr.Zaka & Management.Finally,we've Good combination of Youngsters in our rank like Ahmed Shehzad(T20), Azhar Ali (Test Specialist), Irfan (T20, ODI), Junaid (All 3 formats). But still we are unable to find a good young wicket-keeper Batsman, enough chances for Akmal brothers they don't deserve any place in this young blood team. In my opinion this is the best chance for Misbah to hand over his captaincy to Hafeez, so he can get a best farewell during SA Series.

  • on January 7, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Very good reception, and it should have been. It was a remarkable performance from pakistan vs 1 of the best odi teams on home conditions. Pakistan team was brilliant in all aspects through out the tour. Yes it was a bit disappointment in 3rd odi but overall very good performance. Bowlers were very good throughout and batsmen did support them enough to secure this victory. Aslways should look at positives & give them a warm welcome. They didn't played intl. Cricket since t20 cup & no home cricket made this effort in pressure series make it special.

  • Sports4Youth on January 10, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Please stop selecting guys like W.Riaz, M.Sami, S.Tanvir they have been failing consistently. Also please drop Umar Gul. The new boys are performing spledidly well. Get in some new boys like Rahat, Sadaf, M.Talha & Asad Ali.

  • Sports4Youth on January 10, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    @ Umair Khan :

    I dont think any Akmal should be consisered for the future matches. Anyways Adnan Akmal was considered during the Pak - Eng series in the UAE & in the onedayers he was just another Akmal. He just couldn't put bat to ball. finally in the later matches he had to be dropped & the gloves were given to U.Akmal & that hurt the keeping & his batting. He just wasn't fit to keep wickets & bat.

    SAFRAF AHMED had not performed badly in the limited opportunites he got down the order. He should have been persisted with. In anycase Sarfraz has a batting average of a batsman in the first class matches. Sarfraz should be preferred in the Test matches also.

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  • on January 10, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    The only Akmal worth considering is Adnan Akmal. Umar Akmal's bizarre waltz down the aisle and K-Akmal's Dilip Doshi impersonation at the crease should be enough to get them ousted.

    I am surprised at the accolades being heaped on the Pak team. As a fan I am glad we won the ODI series & that we looked the better side. But in the final analysis, we drew a T20 series against a horrible bowling attack (I use the word attack loosely), and if we take out Jamshed 's ODI innings we are looking at a 1-2 loss at best. The oaxoims that (a) we are an excellent bowling side and (b) we have batsmen capable of screwing up a 165 run chase against a mediocre attack both remain.

    The most gratifying aspect of the series was the remarkable improvement in Pakistan's fielding/catching with misbah's dropped catch the exception that proved the rule. Another positive was Hafeez and Misbah's captaincy positive captaincy (especially compared to Dhoni's constipated leadership).

  • gujratwalla on January 9, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Well done Pakistan but i was amazed and shocked at the way our batsmen batted in he last ODI.This was not in keeping with the aggressive attitude in the previous 2 games.Misbah was shocking and the Akmal brothers a disgrace.Younis Khan too is nearing the end of his career,Azhar ali should have been retained and it is sad that Asad Shafiq and Abdul Razzaq were not there.I think we should blood some new batsmen and bowlers.Misbah is not the batsman he was and his place in the team as such is questionable.Shoaib Akhtar did well but he too is a player of semi-test standard.Pakistan's batting is not strong enough to beat South Africa.

  • Sports4Youth on January 9, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Again Sadaf Hussain has taken 7 wickets for Rawalpindi. What else must he do to get noticed ?

    Sadaf, Rahat, Asad Ali, M.Talha have been taking wickets in lots consistently, yet the selectors are dragging their feet when it comes to selecting these guys. And I dont know how guys like Sohail Tanvir, M.Sami etc keep getting selected. Also high time that Gul is dropped and these younsters are given a fair chance.

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  • on January 9, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Brilliant Pak Simply Brilliant!

  • RANA1610 on January 9, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Hafeez should play on 5th position, Because he is so fragile in opening. Misbah should play at no 3.

  • on January 9, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    about afridi discussions, guys i think afridi as a bowler can be included when pak play in UAE, BAngladhesh or SL. but when you play other countries you need 3rd fast bowler as we have seen in this series. If you are playing 3 fast bowlers and you dont have any good medium pace allrounder in team for whatever reasons(razak/hammad) then you have only 7 batsman and 4 bowlers with hafez. ( example : this series) by including afridi as a bowler will make your batting more worse than its now. Afridi can be included as a batsman when his batting is in good shape. which is not over past 12-18 months. he has to get his batting form to get in team to play in other countries where we need 3rd fast bowler. some people suggesting he can be included in place of younas,azhar, misbha, these 3 are test players, yes should be replaced at some point but not with afridi with proper batsman.

  • ak_dragon on January 7, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    Now this is what we called Significant development in Pakistan Cricket, Big Thanks to Mr.Zaka & Management.Finally,we've Good combination of Youngsters in our rank like Ahmed Shehzad(T20), Azhar Ali (Test Specialist), Irfan (T20, ODI), Junaid (All 3 formats). But still we are unable to find a good young wicket-keeper Batsman, enough chances for Akmal brothers they don't deserve any place in this young blood team. In my opinion this is the best chance for Misbah to hand over his captaincy to Hafeez, so he can get a best farewell during SA Series.

  • on January 7, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Very good reception, and it should have been. It was a remarkable performance from pakistan vs 1 of the best odi teams on home conditions. Pakistan team was brilliant in all aspects through out the tour. Yes it was a bit disappointment in 3rd odi but overall very good performance. Bowlers were very good throughout and batsmen did support them enough to secure this victory. Aslways should look at positives & give them a warm welcome. They didn't played intl. Cricket since t20 cup & no home cricket made this effort in pressure series make it special.

  • Sports4Youth on January 10, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Please stop selecting guys like W.Riaz, M.Sami, S.Tanvir they have been failing consistently. Also please drop Umar Gul. The new boys are performing spledidly well. Get in some new boys like Rahat, Sadaf, M.Talha & Asad Ali.

  • Sports4Youth on January 10, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    @ Umair Khan :

    I dont think any Akmal should be consisered for the future matches. Anyways Adnan Akmal was considered during the Pak - Eng series in the UAE & in the onedayers he was just another Akmal. He just couldn't put bat to ball. finally in the later matches he had to be dropped & the gloves were given to U.Akmal & that hurt the keeping & his batting. He just wasn't fit to keep wickets & bat.

    SAFRAF AHMED had not performed badly in the limited opportunites he got down the order. He should have been persisted with. In anycase Sarfraz has a batting average of a batsman in the first class matches. Sarfraz should be preferred in the Test matches also.

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  • on January 10, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    The only Akmal worth considering is Adnan Akmal. Umar Akmal's bizarre waltz down the aisle and K-Akmal's Dilip Doshi impersonation at the crease should be enough to get them ousted.

    I am surprised at the accolades being heaped on the Pak team. As a fan I am glad we won the ODI series & that we looked the better side. But in the final analysis, we drew a T20 series against a horrible bowling attack (I use the word attack loosely), and if we take out Jamshed 's ODI innings we are looking at a 1-2 loss at best. The oaxoims that (a) we are an excellent bowling side and (b) we have batsmen capable of screwing up a 165 run chase against a mediocre attack both remain.

    The most gratifying aspect of the series was the remarkable improvement in Pakistan's fielding/catching with misbah's dropped catch the exception that proved the rule. Another positive was Hafeez and Misbah's captaincy positive captaincy (especially compared to Dhoni's constipated leadership).

  • gujratwalla on January 9, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Well done Pakistan but i was amazed and shocked at the way our batsmen batted in he last ODI.This was not in keeping with the aggressive attitude in the previous 2 games.Misbah was shocking and the Akmal brothers a disgrace.Younis Khan too is nearing the end of his career,Azhar ali should have been retained and it is sad that Asad Shafiq and Abdul Razzaq were not there.I think we should blood some new batsmen and bowlers.Misbah is not the batsman he was and his place in the team as such is questionable.Shoaib Akhtar did well but he too is a player of semi-test standard.Pakistan's batting is not strong enough to beat South Africa.

  • Sports4Youth on January 9, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Again Sadaf Hussain has taken 7 wickets for Rawalpindi. What else must he do to get noticed ?

    Sadaf, Rahat, Asad Ali, M.Talha have been taking wickets in lots consistently, yet the selectors are dragging their feet when it comes to selecting these guys. And I dont know how guys like Sohail Tanvir, M.Sami etc keep getting selected. Also high time that Gul is dropped and these younsters are given a fair chance.

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  • on January 9, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Brilliant Pak Simply Brilliant!

  • RANA1610 on January 9, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Hafeez should play on 5th position, Because he is so fragile in opening. Misbah should play at no 3.

  • on January 9, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    about afridi discussions, guys i think afridi as a bowler can be included when pak play in UAE, BAngladhesh or SL. but when you play other countries you need 3rd fast bowler as we have seen in this series. If you are playing 3 fast bowlers and you dont have any good medium pace allrounder in team for whatever reasons(razak/hammad) then you have only 7 batsman and 4 bowlers with hafez. ( example : this series) by including afridi as a bowler will make your batting more worse than its now. Afridi can be included as a batsman when his batting is in good shape. which is not over past 12-18 months. he has to get his batting form to get in team to play in other countries where we need 3rd fast bowler. some people suggesting he can be included in place of younas,azhar, misbha, these 3 are test players, yes should be replaced at some point but not with afridi with proper batsman.

  • Sports4Youth on January 9, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    @ Bilal Raza on - I agree with you that U.Akmal should be dropped from the ODI team. But I do not agree with you that he should continuei in the T20 team.

    Regarding Afridi I completely disagree with you. I think people like Afridi & Razzaq are undisputed kings in the limited overs format of the game. There were so many test bastmen like Y.Khan, Misbah, Azhar Ali in the team who just messed up the batting order and they hardily performed anything. Afridi is an impact player.

    Also the Akmal brothers were a complete liabilty on the team. The entire work load had to be managed by Jamshed, Hafeez, Junaid, Irfan, Ajmal. The rest were all free loaders.

    After all this how can justify the exclusion of Afridi at the expense of free these loaders. What benefit have the Akmals given to the team.

  • sherishahmir on January 9, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    Great performance by the Pak team, as far future is concerned team looks good, they need some good keeper, who can bat also and some more good batsman in the middle order, bowling is looking very good with the addition of Junaid, Irfan, Gul, Ajmal, Hafiz, Afridi can also be consider in future.

  • nyazdanie on January 9, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    I don't trust these 2 brothers, Akmals.

  • on January 9, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    @ Sports4youth.

    I am baffled how you're still singing Afridi's song when his exclusion from the team after years have resulted in our first ODI win against India in years. Afridi although once a match winner for Pakistan was just a liability on the team. He cannot bat or bowl. It is the first series he has been dropped and Pakistan has won it. Mark my word, if Afridi was dropped from 2nd T-20 and Harris Sohail was given a chance, Pakistan would have won the T 20 series as well. I was the biggest critic of Afridi and Pakistan's series win against India after his exclusion has proved me right. Now we need to restrict Umar Akmal for T 20 team only. He does not have the talent or temperament to play ODI. When we needed 44 off 66 balls, Umar Akmal knew that he was playing with last recognized batsman, he gifted his wicket away by walking out of the crease for nothing shot. Harris Sohail deserved a chance. Mohsin Khan rightly dropped Umar Akmal when he was Chief Selecto

  • Syed_imran_abbas on January 8, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    A very deserving reception.. well done boys.. we are proud of you all.

  • Sports4Youth on January 8, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    @ Stark62 :- Umar Gul has been underperforming since the last 3 years, but he is consistently selected across all formats for all games. I dont known why. Even in the last Indian series Gul was the bowler with the least amount of wickets & worst economy.

    But some how everyone sees him as a dangerous bowler. I have been noticing since a long time that the moment Gul comes on to bowl, runs start flowing freely.

    I believe Asad Ali, Rahat Ali, Sadaf Hussain & Mohammed Talha all need to be given reasonable opportunities so that the best can be permanent members of the playing eleven and the others can form a strong bench strenght.

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  • Sports4Youth on January 8, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    @ Stark62 :- Largely I agree with you. I agree that Sadaf Hussain should be in the team. But I dont think Mohammed Irfan should be competing with Sadaf to be in the team. I think Sadaf should be in the team at the cost of Umar Gul.

    Frankly speaking there are so many players who deserved to be in the national team long ago for example Mohammed Talha, Rahat Ali, Saad Ali etc. But the selection policies Baffle me. I dont understand why should the selectors keep persisting with non performing players like Sohail Tanvir, U.Gul, M.Sami etc.

    Also among the batsmen the same story is repeated by selecting Younis Khan, Misbah & Umar Akmal in the ODI team. Nasir Jamshed was not getting entry as if there is no place vacant or as if Nasir is not good enough. But once given the opportunity we have seen what Jamshed has done.

  • Stark62 on January 8, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    @ ak_dragon Are you seriously trying to suggest, that Irfan at the age of 30 should be considered a "youngster"?!?!

    The only person we need in the team is SADAF HUSSAIN!!

    He is better than Junaid and his record proves this, plus in his comeback game (after 10 months or so) he picked 8 wickets in the match overall and in the current ongoing match he has already picked up 6 wickets in the first innings, outperforming Sohail Tanvir (who plays for the same team).

  • Sports4Youth on January 8, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    @ haq33 :- Optimism at its height. in the last three years how many times did Kamran satisfy you and how many times did he dissapoint you ?

    Start thinking from the 2009 tour of Australia when Kamran refused to run out Shane Watson. And in every match he has been dropping catches in dozzens. Stumpings - Nill . Batting - 100 % failure.

    Now what more are you waiting for ? Come on, For God's sake, He is not Tendulkar , who cannot be dropped in the interest of the team.

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  • Sports4Youth on January 8, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    I have a very simple question for the fans and the selectors of both, India & Pakistan.

    Is it better to play a non-performing senior in the team (in the hope of performance) OR is it better to experiment with new younsters (at the risk of failures) ?

    Think before you answer, because the future lies in the answer.

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  • haq33 on January 8, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Ermm....people should stop talking generally of dropping "the Akmals" because Adnan has done little wrong with the test gloves. Yes, even I have now had enough of Umar. Maybe he can be in T20's but that should be all. Kamran is a little trickier because he has improved with the gloves and unlike Umar, there was a stage in his career when he was a no-brainer for both test and ODI teams. Umar has continually disappointed us all but Kamran was a classy keeper-batsman originally and has now regained form with the gloves. I am inclined to persevere with Kamran in both the ODI and T20 teams. They left Razzaq out to dry, which was a mistake. Now honestly, if they can get Kamran to the point where he can keep wicket well and fire with the bat once out of every three innings, then what more could we want and moreover, is there anyone better out there?

  • Sports4Youth on January 8, 2013, 13:21 GMT

    Misbah was dead right when he said before the start of the series that "give me Afridi instead of Umar Akmal".

    Let us see how they compare. Both Afridi and U.Akmal are very good fielders. Akmal has shown the promise of being capable of being devastating with the bat but has never delivered on that promise. Afridi we know can be devasting either with the bat or with the ball or with both and he has done so on numerous occassions. Afridi has proved to be a match winner on numerrous occasion while Akmal has never done so even once.

    So according to me it is quite clear that Afridi had a better utility in the team compared to Umar Akmal. Infact i would say that Afridi or Razzaq both can walk into the team at the expense of Umar Akmal though Razzaq's fielding is not great.

    Afrdi is also the holder of varous records which make Pakistan proud.

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  • Sports4Youth on January 8, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    As far as the positions of Kamran, Younis, Gul in the team is concerned , I think that Misbah is Handicapped here, because all these guys are very much senior to Misbah and they carry a heavier reputation compared to Misbah himself.

    So in that case I think that if the selectors cannot drop them then Misbah is obliged to play them in the eleven.

    The problem is that the only person who can command his place in the team is Hafeez and he has been a fixture in the team only in the last 2 years.

    But in anycase it would be in the interest in the team that Hafeez be given the ODI captaincy as well and the selectors should take a call on th future of Y.Khan, Misbah, Kamran & Gul. As far as Umar Akmal is concerned he can be left to the discretion of the Captain because still he is not seniour enough.

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  • Sports4Youth on January 8, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    The only good thing that Misbah has done in the ODI series was that he dropped Umar Akmal from the first two ODI's. Now he could have made it even better by taking Haris Sohail in the 3rd ODI. But I think that was expecting a bit too much from Misbah. But however, inspite of getting a chance in the 3rd ODI, Umar Akmal only proved Misbah's decision of dropping him right.

    I thought it must have taken a lot of courage from Misbah to straight away drop Umar Akmal in the very 1st ODI. I say this because for a long time I have been getting an impression that the Akmals are a favaorite of the selectors. Now ofcourse he could not do the same with Kamran becouse the selectors had not given him another wicket keeper.

    I must admit that for this act of courage I will now admire Misbah, but he must continue to show some far-sightedness in order to improve his image as a good and strong captain.

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  • vinmon143 on January 8, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Ind got its weak links hidden thru 3rd ODI win. Pak also got its weaker batting hidden against flat Indian team..PAK batting clicked only in 1st ODI to chase 227. 2nd ODI surprise collapse on 250..3rd ODI 157..1st T20 should not have gone to the last over and 2nd should have chased against pathetic Indian attack..findings of the tour -Nasir,junaid,irfan, Kumar, Shami..PAK must avoid complacency in SA tour and need areas of batting to improve..this ODI series win should not be taken as the team is ready for SA challenge....

  • Sports4Youth on January 8, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Again I agree with Y.Raza, Eclipse119 & ak_dragon that now Misbah should seize this opportunity to retire on their own so that atleast it will look like they have retired on their own terms. Infact I also believe the Y.Khan should also retire on his own.

    But frankly speaking I don't expect Misbah & Y.Khan to show that much maturity and understanding of the situation. I think it is required the the board understands that now these old gentlemen are no longer requred in the limited overs version of the game. They are very good for Test Matches.

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  • Sports4Youth on January 8, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    @ Danish Ansari : Now definetely Nasir Jamshed will be included in the test team, I dont think there should be any questions about that.

  • Sports4Youth on January 8, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    I completely agree with ak_dragon on both the ponts.

    Too many opportunities to the Akmals is not taking Pakistan anywhere. Now it is high time that they start looking beyond the Akmals. There is no point is sticking with the careless & irresponsible Akmals becouse this way good young talented players are being delayed.

    Regarding Misbah, Once again he has shown that he is not fit for the limited overs version of the game. He has got a great opportunity after beating India to end his limited overs career on a high. In any case He did not contribut much in the winning games & Finally when he was required in the last game, once again he messed it up.

    Y.Khan, Misbah, U.Akmal, Kamran & U.Gul were mere passengers in the present team, while the entire load had to be carried by Jamshed, Hafeez, Junaid, Irfan & Ajmal. According to me This is not good.

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  • on January 8, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    nasir jamshed should ne included in the test squad also?..do u agree..?

  • on January 8, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Great Achivement by pakistan :)

  • Eclipse119 on January 8, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    well many many congrats to all Pakistan fans and whole team Pakistan..winning this series is better then securing world cup.... Immense pleasure it is to beat the proud Indians at their soil and offering SAJDA in their grounds.....i guess misbah should give the reins of the team to hafeez because its enough now...and i do wish Pakistan give a chance to M.Amir so that Pakistan's bowling line gets concrete....wishing u the excellent SA tour...Pak Zindaabad

  • Y.Raza on January 8, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Perfect opportunity for Misbah to retire

  • on January 8, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan.

  • Taha_Farrukh on January 8, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistani Team & whole nation.........I will b more happy if Pakistan win 2-0 in T20 & 3-0 in ODI's....

  • ICCexpert.... on January 8, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    players like Sadaf Hussain, Asad Ali need to in the playing eleven as soon as possible.

  • rojytvm on January 8, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    really superb performance by pakistan. they deserve the win. very good team. only problem is misbah. with hafeez as captain they can win 2016 WC.

  • RAQ on January 8, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    @Aqeel Haider don't be a child whenever Pakistan loses people like you start gossiping around that match was fixed Have u even watched the match? India did not performed well in batting but their bowling and fielding was excellent. It doesn't matter that target was only 167 runs but in response India played excellent game so stop whining like a child

  • on January 8, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Thanks all srilankan brothers for wishing . Hope u also do great in odi and t20 series against Australia. Indiian Psychological edge over Pakistan is over now.

  • RaadQ on January 8, 2013, 4:47 GMT

    We won the series due to Jamshed, Junaid & Hafeez. Misbah captained well but minimal contribution with the bat. Akmal kept well but failed with the bat. Shoaib failed against his favourite opposition (ODIs). Younis Khan was unlucky in the 2nd match, but otherwise he failed too. My team for SA series: Jamshed, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Hafeez*, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Adnan Akmal†, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan and a rotation of Umar Gul, Mohammad Iran, Anwar Ali and other young bowlers. Shafiq & A. Ali are the natural long term replacements for Y. Khan & Misbah, Fawad Alam should be given chance instead of Malik, Adnan is the best genuine keeper in Pak atm and can contribute OK with bat too. Anwar Ali and new bowlers should be given chance through rotation policy (i.e. the third match against India would have been ideal). GOOD LUCK PAK against SA, you will need it if selection changes not made!

  • on January 8, 2013, 1:56 GMT

    well played pakistan. Good luck on your future tours. From SL fan

  • xylo on January 8, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    I hope this finally takes the pressure off of Misbah that he created upon himself in the 2007 WC final with that ill-advised shot.

  • Big_Chikka on January 8, 2013, 0:17 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan, Misbah, Coach, support staff and rest of the team. Funny how Misbah has been so good as a captain. So much for the naysayers.

  • on January 7, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Mubarak. Another defeat inflicted at home.....in continuation of 2007

  • Tweety20 on January 7, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan for that brilliant performance.Loved every moment of your game against the Indians.It wud hav been perfect if u had made it 3-0.You deserve all the success.Keep it up.Best of Luck from Sri Lanka.

  • Saim93 on January 7, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Really great and enjoyable series, Love you Pakistan!

  • on January 7, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    well done pakistan n pakistanis :)

  • on January 7, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Congratulations Misbah and Pakistan.In 3rd ODI Pakistan had an opportunity to test its bench strength.After Afridi its time fr Akal brothers to go now.Misbahs cool captaincy was one again the biggest positive fr Pakistan.Dhoni got man of match on both occasions once when India won as second time when India lost.Saeed Ajmal deserved to be man of the match in 3rd ODI.

  • on January 7, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. time to get Jamshed into the test team now. Misbah can hand over the ODI side to Hafeez now as well. remember Misbah is a good team man who has taken Pakistan to significant series victories as captain.so give him credit. at his age he has done all he can to lift Pakistan cricket when they were really down after the terror attacks in Lahore.

  • Stark62 on January 7, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Pak will defnitely need Sadaf Hussain in SA!!

    He is better than Junaid, even though Junaid has learnt to swing the ball both ways.

  • SaadS123 on January 7, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    continued.. Misbah's batting: Its completely off and irresponsible, the batting mess I squarely lay majority blame on him, 39 from 82 balls converted a under 3.5 runs an over asking rate to something quite hard when he decided to leave us playing a stupid clip to leg, not for the first time when there is a fielder right there for that very reason.

    Misbah when batting completely loses focus on the team and the overall run chase, and subsequently destroys the momentum of the team and the batsman on the other end. His complete lack of perspective of the overall picture when batting cannot be overlooked for much longer and needs to be tackled.

    I think take the plunge, remove him from ODI as well, and keep him Test captain.

  • SaadS123 on January 7, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Am I the only one who is still disappointed with the last ODI, Pakistan have been amazing throughout the series and more importantly consistant. And then the last run chase, it has just put a sour taste in the series victory.

    I really hope this series victory doesn't overshadow this and the mistakes and other problem area's identified throughout. One major problem area that I am now sure of is Misbah. He is simply there in the team as a captain, his fielding is poor and his batting..... This needs its on post.

  • on January 7, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    congratz team pak.....hope u will do the same in south africa...All the best.........

  • crifanlover on January 7, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    After Knowing Indian Cricket Reality Indian Board is Fear of playing with Pakistan, because they knew they will face embarrassing defeat in the hands of Pak team

  • on January 7, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    @Nishath Podakkudiyar Hope to see team India in Pakistan as well. And as I commented before series Dhoni is the best Captain and Misbah is the worst Captain and they proved it why, cheers!!!

  • on January 7, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Pakistan was terrific throughout the series. India was just average. Congratulations Pakistan for beating India in India.

  • on January 7, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    congrats to team Pakistan!!!!!!

  • on January 7, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Well played guys, hope you will continue to perform well in 2013 as well. Fielding was a major improvement along with fast bowling. i wish india returns for a tour to pakistan sooner than later. Along with 3 youngsters named above i would like to commend hafeez for his much improved show in the batting.

  • on January 7, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan. Hope you see you in India more often!

  • on January 7, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan. Hope you see you in India more often!

  • on January 7, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    Well played guys, hope you will continue to perform well in 2013 as well. Fielding was a major improvement along with fast bowling. i wish india returns for a tour to pakistan sooner than later. Along with 3 youngsters named above i would like to commend hafeez for his much improved show in the batting.

  • on January 7, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    congrats to team Pakistan!!!!!!

  • on January 7, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Pakistan was terrific throughout the series. India was just average. Congratulations Pakistan for beating India in India.

  • on January 7, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    @Nishath Podakkudiyar Hope to see team India in Pakistan as well. And as I commented before series Dhoni is the best Captain and Misbah is the worst Captain and they proved it why, cheers!!!

  • crifanlover on January 7, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    After Knowing Indian Cricket Reality Indian Board is Fear of playing with Pakistan, because they knew they will face embarrassing defeat in the hands of Pak team

  • on January 7, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    congratz team pak.....hope u will do the same in south africa...All the best.........

  • SaadS123 on January 7, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Am I the only one who is still disappointed with the last ODI, Pakistan have been amazing throughout the series and more importantly consistant. And then the last run chase, it has just put a sour taste in the series victory.

    I really hope this series victory doesn't overshadow this and the mistakes and other problem area's identified throughout. One major problem area that I am now sure of is Misbah. He is simply there in the team as a captain, his fielding is poor and his batting..... This needs its on post.

  • SaadS123 on January 7, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    continued.. Misbah's batting: Its completely off and irresponsible, the batting mess I squarely lay majority blame on him, 39 from 82 balls converted a under 3.5 runs an over asking rate to something quite hard when he decided to leave us playing a stupid clip to leg, not for the first time when there is a fielder right there for that very reason.

    Misbah when batting completely loses focus on the team and the overall run chase, and subsequently destroys the momentum of the team and the batsman on the other end. His complete lack of perspective of the overall picture when batting cannot be overlooked for much longer and needs to be tackled.

    I think take the plunge, remove him from ODI as well, and keep him Test captain.

  • Stark62 on January 7, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Pak will defnitely need Sadaf Hussain in SA!!

    He is better than Junaid, even though Junaid has learnt to swing the ball both ways.